A decision to pay for eggs for stem cell studies sparks debate.
Eggs donated by young women could be used to repair the damaged eggs of older women, upping the chances that they can be fertilised.
The first baby conceived with the help of a new egg screening technique which could offer hope to women for whom IVF has repeatedly failed has been born.
The technique screens eggs for chromosome abnormalities before implantation as part of IVF, and has the potential to double any couple's chances of conceiving.
Doctors in Africa have found ways to slash the cost of IVF to a fraction of what it costs in the west, using stripped-down incubators and cheap generic.
Professor Bill Ledger said many women are unaware how quickly their fertility declines with age. But a simple test to show how quickly the biological clock is ticking, would help them plan a family before it is too late.
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